Cymraeg Soned Notes

Created by Jez Farmer, the Cymraeg Soned reflects traditional Welsh poetry with the quatrains written as awdl gwydd and the couplet as a cyhydedd fer

Adwdl Gwydd

Each stanza is a quatrain of seven syllables. Lines two and four rhyme and lines one and three cross rhyme into either syllable two, three, four or five of lines two and four, respectively. It’s important to state that Celtic poetry is based on sound structures to make them easy to remember, with rhyme not as important as repetition, alliteration, and rhythm. The rhyme scheme with a and c being flexible

x x x x x x a
x x a x x x b
x x x x x x c
x x c x x x b

Cyhydedd Fer

The Cyhydedd Fer consists of eight syllable couplets.

x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x a

Cymraeg Soned

Structure: 3 awdl gywydd and a cyhydedd fer
Meter: Welsh meter
Schema: xaxa xbxb xcxc dd


Soned on the Sonnet by Jez Farmer

So sweet the little song of love,
Thereof a poetic embrace,
Across the world of sonnet form
The only normal is its grace.
From rhythmic meter caught in verse
To the bursts of echoing sound
The beauty of words will explode
And goad the pen to leap and bound
Across the page in loving ink
Expressions think with heart’s delight
And fourteen lines then ebb and flow,
A glowing soul within the night.
Humble words of a poet’s heart
In the sonnet become pure art!

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